Marlene VerPlanck

Throughout her career, Marlene VerPlanck has stuck to her guns, paying loving care to the great standards and new songs from our finest composers, while ignoring mediocre pop tunes. Songwriter Hugh Martin (“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” etc.) expressed it well: “We know our songs are safe in the hands of Marlene VerPlanck, and she will sing them better than anyone else.”
Millions of people first heard Marlene’s crystal-clear voice anonymously, on radio and television, when she espoused the merits of dozens of commercial products, among them: “Mm-mm good, mm-mm good, that’s what Campbell‘s Soups are…” But, actually, she got her start in the big-band business, as a very young vocalist with Charlie Spivak and Tex Beneke. During a brief stint with the last Dorsey Brothers Orchestra, she met her future husband, musician-arranger Billy VerPlanck.
In time, Marlene became one of the nation’s busiest studio singers, backing up vocalists ranging from Frank Sinatra and MelTorme to Kiss. Following appearances on Alec Wilder’s historic National Public Radio series, “American Popular Songs,” in the 1970s, Marlene emerged as a leading solo performer. Appearances at Carnegie Hall, Michael’s Pub and the Rainbow Room brought rave notices, and national TV shows, including “Entertainment Tonight,” “The Today Show” and CBS’s “Sunday Morning,” featured profiles of the increasingly popular singer.
Today, Marlene performs across North America and much of Western Europe, while a growing roster of solo CDs continues to win critical acclaim. A list of her current recordings on the Audiophile label appears on this web site in the Discography section. The albums feature exciting arrangements scored by her husband, Billy VerPlanck, with accompaniment by many of America‘s finest musicians.

Re: Marlene VerPlanck,  “Once There Was A Moon”  Audiophile,

 ACD # 338 

 Jan. 2009, “Once There Was A Moon” is now officially released.  Some of you already have it and here’s what’s been said so far…

 “…as close to perfection as it gets”…Bruce Crowther, Jazz Journal Int’l

 “…I am running out of complimentary adjectives for one of the premier vocalists on the scene today”…Joe Lang, Jersey Jazz Magazine

 “…terrific reading of,  “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”…easily the standout track on this album..

fourteen numbers, something old, something new, Something Else”  Leon Nock, Perfectly Frank Magazine

 ”  on this CD there is a really good selection up and coming young singers would do well to study the whole list”…Russell Davies, BBC Radio, London

 “…wonderful arrangement of “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”, that must rank amongst the best I have ever listened too….” Tom Coyle, Sinatra Music Society, Dublin

 “wonderful 20th CD…the song selection is divine, the arrangements perfect and voice as sublime as ever!”  Les Traub, Cabaret Scenes

 “What strength, vocal skills and great choice of titles…it will be my utmost pleasure to present it in full on my program”…Joost van Steen,  Radiio Show, The Netherlands

 “…another terrific CD..your voice sounds as great as ever”…Otto Bruno, Jazz

 “…How does she do it?  Marlene VerPlanck in unbelievable, each new CD surpasses the last!” ….Sheila Tracy, Author, Presenter, Instrumentalist, UK

 “ is fabulous, you are definitely the tunesmith of all times”  Carla Lilien, WPFM, Wayne, NJ

 “…beautifully produced”….Cole Matheison, Concord Club, UK

 “..what a wonderful surprise receiving you new CD today.  Thank you so much!  Rest assured it will be features on the Sunday Jazz Matinee!  Al Dean, WICN, Worcester

 “…new CD is flawless, thrilling, so musical…”  Wally Houser, former long term director of Ronnie Scott’s, London 

 “…better than ever…the years have brought an even more wondrous skill to her work..”

Jack Kleinsinger, Highlights in Jazz

 “…it’s a terrific album!  Love what you did with Under My Skin and Might As Well Be Spring..

Julius LaRosa

 :”…a gem…you voice goes to a deeper place and brings me back to a time when melody and lyrics made us all lovers”….Jerry and Anne Stiller

 “…got and played the CD and was stunned…you’ve never sounded better….best I’ve ever heard you sing…John LaSalle  (singer extraordinaire)

 “…one of your best ever….”  Joan and Malcolm Wise, UK fans

 “…loving your new CD…your best yet…”…Carol Green, author, singer, dancer

 “…magnificent demonstration of why this music won’t die….particularly love, “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”…Michael Brockman, California